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Five notable stats from Tarboro's 28-game win streak

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Tarboro's Melik Ward celebrates a tackle last Friday during the third round NCHSAA 1-AA state playoffs game against North Stanly at Tarboro High School.

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Telegram Reports

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Tarboro Vikings, over the course of this 28-game win streak that stretches back to the beginning of the 2017 season, have put up some gaudy numbers on each side of the ball. Ahead of their 1-AA semifinal game this Friday against Edenton Holmes, here are five notable stats, via MaxPreps.com, that the Vikings have produced during either the 2018 or 2017 seasons.

1. Stingy to start...

The way to beat Tarboro, one would imagine, would be to score early and force the Vikings to play from behind, or at least with the threat of a close game in mind. That virtually hasn’t happened this season.

In 13 games, the Vikings have allowed only seven combined points in 13 first quarters, or .53 per game in the first 12 minutes. In the second quarter, they’ve let up six points. The rest of the 32 points Tarboro has allowed this season have come after halftime, usually with the second-teamers on the field for defense.

2. But when they do…

Of the 84 offensive touchdowns the Vikings have scored in 2018, only 11 of them have come through passing.

They will always be a run-first team, but of the 38 passing plays they have called, 29 percent of them have ended in touchdowns, or 11-of-38.

Kimani McDaniels has eight of them, while Keon Caudle, a running back, has two of them and is 8-of-8 passing on the season.

For comparison, pass-heavy Rocky Mount High attempted 119 passes and 10 of them went for scores.

3. Not since October, 2017…

It’s been 462 days since the Vikings last trailed in a game, and that was an Oct. 6, 2017 contest that they eventually ended up winning, 71-14.

The scenario: Hosting Pamlico County in the seventh game of the season, the Hurricanes surprised Tarboro by running for a 40-yard touchdown to take a snappy 7-0 lead. PCHS actually scored again in that first quarter, but were outgunned over the final three quarters by a 47-0 margin.

4. Theoretically speaking...

In 13 games this season, the Vikings have allowed 45 points to opposing teams, or seven touchdowns.

If you took away every offensive touchdown for Tarboro and only counted scores on defense and special teams, they’ve scored 14 touchdowns — our on kick and punt returns, three on interceptions returns, and seven on fumble returns.

So, on average at least, the Vikings are outscoring opponents this season based on non-offensive scores alone.

5. Strength in rushers…

A lot of high school teams have one very good, featured running back. The Vikings this season have had four. The four-headed combination of Jaquez Edge, Keon Caudle, Jyron Albritton and Clifton Joyner have combined to score 54 of the Vikings’ 73 rushing touchdowns, 261 of the Vikings’ 401 carries, and 3,221 of the Vikings’ 4,389 rushing yards.

All of those numbers could be higher, but the potent first-team rushing attack has meant those four’s services haven’t been needed in the second half of most games this season.

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